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Memorable Manitobans: James Whimster (1812-1900)

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James Whimster
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Born at Glasgow, Scotland in 1812, he came to Perth County, Ontario in 1839. There he married Mary Campbell (1827-1914) of Caithness, Scotland. They had eleven children, including David Bell Whimster. The family came to High Bluff in 1871, where they farmed until 1882 and then returned to Portage la Prairie. He was first clerk of the Municipal Council of the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, and later served as School Trustee. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Presbyterian church, and Liberal party. He died in 1900 and was buried in the Portage Hillside Cemetery.


Tread of the Pioneers, written and edited by Joseph H. Metcalfe and published by the Portage la Prairie and District Old Timers’ Association, 1932.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2020

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